Panasonic Officially Unveils The GH5S Optimized For Low Light

This morning at CES in Las Vegas, Panasonic officially unveiled the long rumored GH5S camera to the world. The camera comes as a split to the GH line and competitor to the Sony a7S II line of cameras focused mainly on video.

With half the megapixels of the GH5, this camera will almost exclusively be used for video, and the few still shots here and there between video shoots. Mainly, this camera will be used for video, and video only. With the smaller sensor comes improvements in low light capability with an ISO range of 160-51,200.

Another feature that was not expected is that VLOG L will now come standard on the camera, whereas on the previous model it was a paid upgrade. So that is certainly a plus, but one that should have been expected seeing as this camera is geared completely to video and not stills. There is no point in offering a new camera with an increased price and forcing people to pay for yet another upgrade for the camera to reach its full potential.

panasonic gh5s announced at ces

Below are some of the new specs:

  • 10.2 High-Sensitivity
  • Multi Aspect Ratio
  • Suppressed Rolling Shutter
  • Cinema 4K 60p/50p* with Unlimited Recording Time
  • 4:2:2 10bit* and 400Mbs All-Intra Recording
  • Pre-Installed V-LogL
  • 14bit RAW (a first for the Panasonic cameras)
  • -5EV AF
  • 0.76x 3,680k-dot OLED LVF
  • 3.2″ Free-Angle Touch Monitor
  • Splash-* / Dust- and Freeze-Proof Mg Body

As Philip Bloom as pointed out, however, this new camera is coming without the IBIS system, which is the 5 axis stabilized sensor that was introduced on the GH5. That feature was a big improvement on the GH5 and one that gave it a step up on some of its competitors.

Since this camera will appeal to a lot of indie shooters and those who do run and gun shooting it would have been great to have that stabilization for handheld shooting. Using Canon IS lenses with a speedbooster will still give you decent stabilization, but not as good as a native lens would an a stabilized sensor.

It will be interesting to see what the first sample shots look like when we are able to get our hands on one. Until then, let us know in the comments if you are planning on picking this up and what your thoughts are on it. If you aren’t interested in the camera, let us know what camera you prefer.

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